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Trainings seek to improve ESE safety

Hillsborough County School Board members were shown a safety video that will be presented to all school employees before the start of school. It is part of an effort to increase training in response to elementary school shootings in Connecticut in December and the deaths in Hillsborough of two special-needs students.

Marlene Sokol / Times

Hillsborough County School Board members were shown a safety video that will be presented to all school employees before the start of school. It is part of an effort to increase training in response to elementary school shootings in Connecticut in December and the deaths in Hillsborough of two special-needs students.

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In addition to half-days of paraprofessional training, the Hillsborough County is expanding the training it offers to all school employees at the beginning of the school year.

The training, some of it using videos, is the result of a district work group that met after the deaths in 2012 of two special-needs students. Deputy Superintendent Jeff Eakins said the effort also considered overall security issues in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut in December.

School Board members on Tuesday were shown a short introductory video that stresses the need for all employees to take responsibility for all students. More specific videos will focus on emergency procedures and special-needs students, Eakins said.

More than 700 exceptional student education paraprofessionals -- formerly called aides and attendants -- have signed up for mandatory training Aug. 14 and 15. Nancy French, a national expert on paraprofessional training, will be a keynote speaker.

Board members hope the videos will soon be on the school district website for public viewing.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:51pm]

    

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